Arizona Law Firm Offers DUI Safety Tips for St. Patrick’s Day
Law Office of Corso & Rhude Believes Drivers Should Know their Rights.
Peoria, AZ, March 16, 2010 --(PR.com)-- With St. Patrick's Day festivities scheduled around the Valley
this week, the Law Office of Corso & Rhude is out to educate Valley residents about the dangers of
driving drunk and what to do if you are suspected of driving under the influence.
More than 380 Arizona residents were cited for driving under the influence during St. Patrick's Day
celebrations over the past two years. The only real way to avoid a DUI charge is to never get behind the
wheel after drinking. Nevertheless, people find themselves each year facing serious charges related to
drinking and driving.
“It's important that Arizona residents arm themselves with the facts if they're suspected of driving under
the influence,” said John Rhude, partner of the Law Office of Corso & Rhude.
According to Rhude, any driver pulled over for a DUI has the right to remain silent, must only provide
insurance, registration and identification, and can refuse to submit to all field sobriety tests. A blood and
alcohol test is the only test a person suspected of drunk driving should take.
Drinking and driving is a serious matter, even more so in Arizona, where it is punishable by up to six
months in jail and up to a $2,500 fine. Arizona law requires that any person found guilty of drinking and
driving (even a first offense) serve jail time. The law also includes extensive fines, suspension of driving
privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device even for first offenders.
Partner Christopher Corso says it's important that individuals suspected of driving under the influence
also insist on an independent blood alcohol test when they are pulled over. Exercising your right to
remain silent and cooperating within your rights is also advised.
“DUIs can happen to anyone - doctors, teachers, social workers and even businessmen,” Corso said. “The
important thing is that you only submit to